Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed a new government coordination council on Tuesday calling for accelerating the country’s war effort in Ukraine, alluding to the coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons for accelerating the decision.
The Kremlin announced the creation of a council on Friday, saying it would improve coordination within the Russian government as the country continues to face territorial losses from aggression in southern Ukraine.
In a statement released by the Kremlin, Putin told the group, “When we were dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, we faced certain difficulties and had to upgrade our jobs and give them new momentum and a new character. ‘ said.
“We have since been able to do a lot to update these regulations and remove archaic procedures that are preventing the country from moving forward at the pace it needs,” he added. rice field.
Putin said the group, headed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, includes deputy prime ministers, heads of institutions and regional representatives.
Putin didn’t elaborate on how these objectives would be achieved, but he said he would use pharmaceuticals more effectively to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in what Moscow called a “special military operation.” We aim to provide and equip
“You cannot achieve the desired results in any area if you follow standard bureaucratic procedures and hide behind procedures,” he said. We have established mechanisms like the Coordinating Council with the express purpose of resolving it in a systematic way.”
When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Putin initially hoped to force Ukraine’s surrender quickly, but the Russian military has suffered a series of setbacks, with the first being to take the capital Kyiv. unable to do so, and is now facing losses in the territory occupied in the spring.
Various U.S. and Western officials have indicated that Russia faced various tactical and equipment failures during the invasion, with President Biden saying Putin “completely miscalculated.” increase.
The efforts of Putin’s new coordination group aim to counter the gains made by the Ukrainian offensive, which was previously focused on the northeast of the country.
As Russian troops withdraw from more and more settlements and towns, Putin has escalated the conflict by calling in up to 300,000 reservists, threatening the use of nuclear weapons, and annexing four regions of Ukraine. rice field.
Last week, Putin declared martial law in four regions. Experts say it could mean mass expulsion of Ukrainians from Russian-occupied territories as the Kyiv army dwindles closer to Kherson, the only regional capital controlled by Moscow.
Russia also accuses Ukraine of producing biological weapons and planning to use radioactive “dirty bombs”, which have been denounced by US officials as Russian propaganda.
Ukraine cites these allegations as evidence that Russia itself is planning a large-scale attack in Ukraine, along with alleged evidence of mining the dam and President Putin’s past threats of nuclear war. is referring to